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Applied Experimental Psychology

PhD

Program Overview

Our PhD program in applied experimental psychology builds strong research skills for careers in academia, business and government agencies. You’ll determine your field of study to pair training in psychological processes with quantitative design, performing cutting-edge research and solving real-world problems.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4+ years
Credit Hours: 54

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

With an applied experimental psychology degree from CMU, you'll take a scientific approach toward questions in psychology and put the answers to use in a wide range of businesses, research centers, universities and government agencies. Experimental psychologists use scientific methods to collect data and perform and publish research. Experimental psychologists have a passion for solving problems and exploring theoretical questions.

As a student here, you can develop research expertise in applied cognitive psychology, social psychology, personality, and behavioral neuroscience.

You’ll determine your field of study and connect with our faculty who will help you develop strong research skills. You’ll gain mentors and lifelong colleagues. You'll study a wide range of behavioral topics among humans and animals, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, cognition, emotion and more.

Our students publish research, take on internships and leave the program ready to make real and lasting changes for the people and places for which they work.

Program Highlights

As a PhD student here, you can:

  • Publish research with our distinguished faculty while working toward your doctorate.
  • Enjoy specialized training through research and internships.
  • Get teaching experience to set yourself apart in the job market.
  • Explore more than 60 exciting career options.

Careers & Outcomes

Our graduates have dozens of career options in mental health therapy, social work, human services, research, policy analysis and planning, and more. Your doctoral research will build a foundation for your professional network and put you on a career path suited to your specialized talents and goals.

Career Projected Salary
Psychologist $69,742
Policy Analyst $64,950
Social Science Researcher $55,076
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